Thursday, May 23, 2002

Afternoon tea

One of the hidden treasures in my city is a traditional British tea room, the Rose Tree Cottage, run by Edmund and Mary Fry. (Mr Fry served at Buckingham Palace earlier in his career.) Here's how they describe their tea:
English style Full Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of finger sandwiches (including the favourite - Cucumber), freshly baked scones with lashings of Devon cream and our own delicious preserve. To complete the treat there's a selection of sweets, including the famous Rose Tree Cottage shortbread. During tea we serve you all the English Village Tea you can drink. All is served on fine Royal Doulton Bone China.
There is nothing more relaxing and refreshing than being surrounded by Victorian "clutter," sipping fine tea and eating delicious sandwiches.

The Frys also sell imported British goods, including the renowned AGA stoves. In addition, they lead group tours to England and beyond. Which brings me to the inspiration for today's entry—this picture from their recent tour to Devon and Cornwall (click for a larger image - Edit 6/11/06: Photo deleted.)